Riccardo Calafiori wins plaudits after his first match for Italy

By Antoine Rabito on Sunday June 16, 2024
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Riccardo Calafiori put in a fine performance for the Squadra Azzurra against Albania. In his first official appearance for Italy, the 21-year-old impressed with his composure and personality on the pitch. The result was unanimous praise.

According to Corriere della Sera, “First official match with the Azzurri, but he moves around as if he were at home, with calm, personality and modernity. In the final, however, he didn’t get close to Manaj and took risks.” For TMW, his potential as a central defender is already evident, hinting at a player who could well redefine the traditional role of the modern defender. “What kind of defender is he becoming? He made his debut in an official match with a lot of personality: he defends carefully and, when in possession, he always frees himself to receive the ball.” Corriere dello Sport reinforces this praise by describing Calafiori as a player who embodies a healthy youthful daring, combined with the wisdom of a veteran. “Imagine the emotion, but he plays with that healthy youthful audacity that gives him the confidence and grit of a veteran. He misses Manaj in the finale, fortunately without consequences.”

Antoine Rabito

Antoine Rabito

Italian soccer fan from France. Everyday, I read the italian newspapers looking for the best informations to share.

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